How to get better sleep (and live longer and become more intelligent).

I am obsessed with getting at least 7 hours a night. Any less and I have to drag myself through the day: I become forgetful, I can't make quick decisions, I forget how to spell (pretty embarrassing seeing as I am an English teacher!) I even feel like my driving is affected. I was listening … Continue reading How to get better sleep (and live longer and become more intelligent).

5 apps that can help you live a more sustainable life (and they’re free!)

Being eco-friendly isn't always easy. But with a little help from technology we can make small improvements everyday, and we all know, it's the little things that can make the biggest difference. Here are 5 apps that can make a huge difference to creating a more sustainable life - and they happen to be free, … Continue reading 5 apps that can help you live a more sustainable life (and they’re free!)

Saving our planet: it’s the little changes that can make a huge difference.

Let's face it, more often than not being environmentally friendly is difficult. It is time consuming and sometimes confusing. One minute we are told not to use plastic shopping bags, then the next we are told that the cotton ones we have rushed out and bought thinking we were doing the right thing are in … Continue reading Saving our planet: it’s the little changes that can make a huge difference.

Why you shouldn’t believe the bad press about Naples.

Just this last month, Ryanair have started flying to a few destinations from Exeter airport (hurrah, for the South West!) so, being rather thrifty, I chose my Easter getaway not on where I desired to go, but on price. Exeter to Naples only £17.99 one way, and £30.00 on the return. Not bad. Not bad … Continue reading Why you shouldn’t believe the bad press about Naples.

What it’s really like to live on the coast.

The dream of rugged coastlines, romantic walks on the beach whenever the fancy takes hold, integrating with the locals, and snacking on pasties and cream teas every weekend are the desires of many. But is the reality of living by the coast anywhere close to the dream? It was my fantasy for about 20 years … Continue reading What it’s really like to live on the coast.

Teignmouth’s fascinating history you probably didn’t know

Teignmouth circa 1840 I adore my town. There is so much to do and see, and there is always something going on, even in the winter when the majority of the tourists have gone: we Teignmouthians know how to have a good time. And it seems this place has always been a hub of activity. … Continue reading Teignmouth’s fascinating history you probably didn’t know

5 tips for easy sustainable travel

Travelling opens the mind and opens the heart. But as you rack up the air-miles exploring this beautiful planet you also create a massive carbon footprint. So what can we eco-conscious travellers do to lessen the impact? Aside from choosing airlines that offset their carbon footprint, we can make little changes that really will make … Continue reading 5 tips for easy sustainable travel

A neurotic mother’s guide to coping when a child goes travelling

My daughter has left home before. She went to live in Sweden 18 months ago and has never looked back. She has fully embraced the hygge inducing Scandi lifestyle. To say it was difficult when she left is a complete understatement. I felt bereft. Devastated. In mourning for the joyous life I had shared with … Continue reading A neurotic mother’s guide to coping when a child goes travelling

Forest Bathing – what’s it all about?

When I told my 17 year old son I was going to have a go at forest bathing, he rolled his eyeballs, whilst simultaneously raising his brows and shaking his head, with a look of complete horror spread across his face. “Mum!” he moaned “you’re so weird! Why the hell would you want to strip … Continue reading Forest Bathing – what’s it all about?